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Magnolia to Cronan West Ridge Figure 8

Intermediate
 3.9 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A tour of the ranches featuring grand views of the Valley and the American River.


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13.9

Miles

22.4

KM

80%

Singletrack

1,236' 377 m

High

672' 205 m

Low

1,673' 510 m

Up

1,673' 510 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

Get a taste of what all the ranches have to offer. Twisty singletrack, Creek crossings, switchback climbing, grand views of the river and valleys, fast descents, steep climbing and fun!

Description

This is the best tour of the ranches. The first 3.3 miles is part of the out and back and is part of Magnolia Ranch and the connector trail.

The start of ride is the loop trail which is easy to follow. After a long climb and descent, take the Up Down Trail and head south (left). You're now at the bottom of the figure 8 Loop that you're going to ride. If you ride this loop going to the right at the Up Down Trail, you're in for A LOT of climbing.

The figure 8, as shown, picks up both the East Ridge Trail and West Ridge Trail, which have great views of the valley and the American river. The valley crossing is on a fire road and the ascent up to the Western ridge is also fire road, but the ridge run is amazing! The singletrack runs right along the crest of the ridge and is almost all downhill. The valley and American River open up on your left as you fly along the ridge. There is nothing very technical along the whole route but the western ridge alone makes this a destination ride. In the 14 miles, you get 4 very solid singletrack descents. The best part of this ride is the spacing between climbs and descents allowing for a fast ride with flats long enough to recover before the next climb.

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Shared By:

Shayne Holderby

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 17 votes

#1500

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  3.9 from 17 votes
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Recommended Route Rankings

#187

in California

#1,500

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Photos

Springtime on South Fork ART.
Jan 25, 2017 near Auburn…, CA
Springtime poppies blanket the side of the trail.
Jan 25, 2017 near Auburn…, CA
Enjoy sweet singletrack on West Ridge!
May 12, 2017 near Auburn…, CA
At the top of West Ridge
Nov 17, 2013 near Auburn…, CA
Shunk Hollow
Oct 21, 2013 near Auburn…, CA
View along West Ridge
Nov 18, 2013 near Auburn…, CA

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Jul 4, 2020
Andreas Jorgensen
10.9mi
Jun 7, 2020
Franz Campero
May 10, 2020
Eli Murrey
Sep 2, 2019
Bryce Cravens
Jul 31, 2019
Jason Harbinson
eBikes 13.9mi — 1h 35m
Jul 20, 2019
Aaron Price
Jul 7, 2019
Ben C
Great ride. Not technical, but you'll do some climbing. We stayed left all the way to cabin, then west ravine north and back to start. 12.3mi — 1h 30m
Oct 20, 2018
Mike Gates